By Mark Zwolinski Sports Reporter Tues., Oct. 16, 2018 Interesting stat on Maple Leafs winger Kasperi Kapanen … First 57 NHL games: eight goals, two assists. First five games on the Auston Matthews line: four goals, four assists. As Kapanen said after firing two nifty goals in the Leafs’ 4-1 win over Los Angeles at Scotiabank Arena on Monday night: “Who wouldn’t want to play with those guys (Matthews and Patrick Marleau).” Kapanen does indeed want to continue playing with “those guys,” and after his third straight multi-point game there’s every chance that he will. Article Continued Below This is good news on many fronts for the Leafs, including the impact of Kapanen’s success on stalled contract talks with restricted free-agent William Nylander. If the Leafs want to maximize their chances of a long playoff run, there’s no question Nylander is a part of that equation. He has to sign by Dec. 1, … [Read more...] about Leafs’ Kapanen and Sparks take advantage of golden opportunities
By Garnet Fraser Toronto Star Sun., Oct. 14, 2018 If you were like most people, after the American Music Awards you had one question: “Oh, was that last night?” If you’re one of the minority that did watch, you had two questions: “What was that thing that Poppy was wearing?” was one of them, but it had to come after “Who ... is Poppy?” Ah, but if you’re a fan of YouTube personalities — say, if you’re not allowed to have a proper television in your particular juenvile-detention centre — then her stunt with the muzzle makes perfect sense, for you know her absurdist streak. As her inspiration Bane was heard saying in The Dark Knight Rises, “arfs ma fumphy, fat arvens tar gardar.” Wiser words were never spoken. If the air seems foggy in Toronto this week, it’s only because pot became legal and Wiz Khalifa has probably moved here already. (Backgrid photos) Article Continued … [Read more...] about Poppy looks poopy and Bieber is a creeper: Stargazing
By Garnet Fraser Toronto Star Sun., Oct. 14, 2018 LIFE & STYLE Cover: The split of Amal and George Clooney (we never even decided whether to call them Geoal, Amorge, or Cloolamuddin) comes because she doesn’t like the movie business or, er, George as he actually is. She might be after half of his billion dollars, and if that means he as a producer can no longer fund the likes of Suburbicon, Money Monster, Our Brand Is Crisis and The Monuments Men, moviegoers will owe her a debt, too. Tom Cruise control: On the one hand, agents of Scientology are said to be monitoring Katie Holmes’ every move. On the other, she’s lucky to have an audience of any kind. IN TOUCH Cover: Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts’ respective marriages have been tabloid fodder for years, but now the ladies, at age 51 and 50, get to displace Poor Jennifer Aniston™ as shocking-news-from-arid-nethers pregnancy cover girls. Exciting to think of the sort of … [Read more...] about Tabloids: Skip to the end for Duchess Meghan, you hopeless junkies
By Raju Mudhar Staff Reporter Fri., Oct. 12, 2018 The European Union’s recent, sweeping changes to its copyright legislation aims to stop the rampant piracy of content, such as movies and music, while finding ways for artists and creators to get fairly compensated for their work when it is used or shared online. It also aims to create a more sustainable environment for news outlets, whose works proliferate online for free through links on the internet. Sound sensible, right? The problem is, the path toward this digital utopia is far from straightforward, with some sounding the alarm that the internet as we know it could be under threat. Here’s what you need to know: What is Article 13? The EU’s digital copyright directive was passed on Sept. 12, and includes two amended provisions to existing legislation. Let’s start with Article 13, which has colloquially been referred to as the “meme ban” or “upload … [Read more...] about ‘Meme bans’ and ‘link taxes’: a copyright reform explainer
By Tony Wong Television Critic Fri., Oct. 12, 2018 Donald Quan is one of Canada’s most successful composers that you’ve likely never heard of. But you know his work. Every time CBC Radio’s Metro Morning theme song gets you moving in the wee hours, you can thank Quan. The artist has created and scored themes for dozens of films and television shows such as Relic Hunter and Mutant X. He was also a band member for 1980s Canadian rock groups such as Lighthouse and Eye Eye. A stroke while performing on stage at the Kitchener Blues Fest a decade ago has slowed him down. He’s healthier now and back creating music, but he’s also supported by royalties from his earlier body of work. But he realizes that’s not the case with the vast majority of musicians and creators in Canada. And he blames what he calls antiquated copyright legislation that has created an impoverishment of the creative community. “I don’t know how you … [Read more...] about Can Canada’s artistic middle class be saved?